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Entered By: Mark
Entry Date: 2007-04-10 17:26:37
Subject: Farming In Honduras
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When you are surrounded by poverty, there are many opportunities to help. One of the things I like about living on the farm is that there is never any waste. What we do not eat at mealtime, the dog, cat, pigs or cows will. Same goes when fruits and veggies get overripe. In other words, if you cannot eat it today, you can probably eat it later on (milk from the cow, meat from the pigs etc). People throughout Honduras cook with wood burning stoves. The problem is that many single mothers cannot afford to buy the wood. Their little homes don't have enough trees to keep the fires burning. Recently the mother of our helper (Xiomara) was shot because she was gathering sticks to cook with on someone elses property. We chop down pine trees from time to time and sell the firewood. We mainly do this to clear fields for farming and graising. However, some of the branches are a little too troublesome to mess with and so they are left to rot. Recently the Lord reminded me of the following scripture: Leviticus 19:9 - 'When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the alien. I am the LORD your God.' Last week a dear lady helped us when everybody was off for the holiday week. On her last day, she was paid and she immediately turned around asked to purchase firewood (amounting to a day's pay for probably two weeks worth of wood). I showed her the forsaken and forgotten branches that we've left behind. I told her she could take what she could gather. Well, yesterday she gathered (with her daughter), around six times more than she could have purchased before. God is good and his laws are beneficial to all.
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re: Farming In Honduras  by Sherry Barnes on Thursday April 12, 2007
     re: Farming In Honduras  by Mark on Thursday April 12, 2007




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